Saturday, January 25, 2020

Team Colors

After making a Patrick Mahomes quilt for the first Project Quilting challenge this year, I had to laugh when the second challenge's theme was "team colors!" 

I considered making a Travis Kelce or Tyreek Hill quilt, but due to a planned trip during the week, I knew I wouldn't have enough time to complete it. Instead, I opted for a simple mini quilt using the Chiefs colors that I could finish in the time I had.

Chiefs football modern mini quilt

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I started with the same Kona Poppy and Kona Corn Yellow fabrics that I used in the Mahomes quilt. 

Kona cotton and Aurifil

I also chose Aurifil 50wt from my stash in colors Red #2250 and Yellow #2135 - both great matches to the Kona fabrics!

I started the quilt by pressing Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 to the yellow fabric, then traced football laces onto the back. I didn't even print the picture - I just traced it right on my computer screen!

Tracing the laces onto the fabric

I cut out and pressed the laces onto the red fabric.

Pressing with Lite Steam-A-Seam 2

The size of the quilt was determined by the size of the Chiefs fleece I had left! I cut the biggest scrap of it I had, then cut the Warm & Natural batting and top to match!

Pin basting quilt sandwich

After making the quilt sandwich, I stitched just inside the raw edge of the lace piece using a straight stitch and the yellow Aurifil thread.

Raw edge applique

Next, I switched to the free motion foot on my Juki and quilted a small meander using the red Aurifil on the red fabric.

After about 1/4 of the red was quilted, I decided to leave a football shape amount of fabric around the laces unquilted - to make a "ghost" football. Yes, I really was making it up as I went!

Free motion quilting

I cut a few 2 1/4" strips from the yellow for binding and machine sewed it on (tutorial here).

Machine sewn binding

I love how the ghost football looks on the finished quilt!

The Cheifs are headed to the SuperBowl!

The pictures also show the kind of weather we've had! Snow!

Creating a "ghost" image with quilting

A peek at the back shows a bit more team spirit!

Chiefs fleece backing fabric

Most of the quilting stitches are hidden in the fleece. I love using it for quilt backs!

Chiefs fleece backing fabric

For binding, I used the red thread from the top, but the yellow thread in the bobbin. I've only done that a few times, and I'm always super impressed with how it works!

Chiefs football modern mini quilt

I think this quilt will be a great addition to our Chiefs game day d├ęcor!

Chiefs football mini quilt

Go Chiefs!!

Chiefs football mini quilt

Linking up with Project Quilting 11.2.


  1. Very clever football!! Talk about minimalism. I love it.

  2. Love your ghost football!!! This is an interesting Super Bowl with both teams sporting almost identical colors...crimson red and yellow/gold!! Good thing you had that Chief's fabric for the backing or someone might think you were using 49er's colors!!!

  3. What fun! Its fun to see the image of the football in the quilting.

  4. Super cute and simple in the most elegant of ways. Fabulous finish!

  5. Great project. I like the ghost football.

  6. Simple yet soooo effective!! Another fabulous finish!

  7. That ghost football really makes the whole thing! The whole thing is so minimal, but still so fun :)

  8. simple perfection! The quilting is absolutely fantastic!

  9. Love! I always enjoy reading your posts Laura and seeing your projects. So creative!


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